The World Professional Driver Championships is taking place in Ghent, Belgium from the 27th of September until the 1st of October. For the first time Ireland will be represented by a team of five who will compete against twenty-two other countries. The competition tests the knowledge as well as the driving skills of the drivers. An Eco driving section is also being contested for in their C+E section by Team Ireland.

Good luck to the driver for Team Ireland Brendan Conlon (Gencat), Matthew Kavanagh (Keelings) and our customer Pamela Dennison (WS Dennsion) as well as team captain Barry Lyons and International Competition Jury member Siobhan O’Mara.

We are proud to be sponsoring the first Irish team heading to the Championships!

Read more here.

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As part of National Lorry Week we are taking a look back at our partnership with Young Enterprise and The Chartered Institute of logistics and Transport as we spoke to schools across County Antrim about the careers available in the haulage industry.

 

NIBC has partnered with Young Enterprise in the hope of encouraging more women in Northern Ireland to join the haulage profession by addressing perceptions and spreading the word about the work of women in the sector during a number of visits to schools and colleges throughout the country.

 

According to recent reports, nearly 1.5m people work in transport and logistics in the UK, but less than a quarter of these employees are female and only one per cent are HGV drivers which proves the severe need for diversity within this sector.

 

Jemma Dougherty, Marketing Executive of NIBC speaking on a visit to Ashfield Girls’ High School; “It is common knowledge that there is an incredible shortage of women in the Transport Industry, however there is also not enough awareness around the contribution of woman within the industry, it very often goes unseen.

 

“Only eight per cent of workers within the haulage industry are women, there is clearly a large part of the population that is not being targeted. NIBC, together with Young Enterprise, are meeting students to discuss all aspects of the sector, including career opportunities. Through a better understanding of the many roles of women within this industry, it is our hope more will consider the haulage industry as a career.”

 

NIBC specialises in helping transport companies across the UK, Ireland & Holland to run their fleets more efficiently and profitably through the use of tailored telematic products. Founded in 2004, NIBC is now based across two offices in Antrim and Liverpool and it continues to offer highly innovative solutions to some of Northern Ireland’s leading transport companies.

 

Jemma continues; “We are delighted to be visiting Ashfield Girls’ High School, this is an ideal opportunity to promote the benefits of working within the haulage industry, such as various apprenticeships and training programmes, which may inspire the student’s future career ideas from a younger age.

 

“The haulage industry is vital to our economy, almost everything we consume is delivered by road and there is a real opportunity for women to be involved in these vigorous operations, be it in the office coordinating successful transport operations, in the warehouse or driving a truck, the prospects are so varied, there is certainly something for everyone.”

 

Barbara Edgar, Young Enterprise Training Officer, comments, “Young Enterprise is very grateful to NIBC for bringing new opportunities to the awareness of the next generation. We need to inspire women to choose a career in transport and NIBC has certainly transformed attitudes and helped young people open their eyes to a career they may not have considered previously.”

 

Pamela Dennison, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, who recently won ‘Women in Transport’ at the Fleet Awards in Dublin comments; “The logistics industry suffers from poor perceptions of its career opportunities. However, the work of NIBC and Young Enterprise helps, from a young age, to highlight the fact the country’s logistics and supply chains welcome women across a whole range of roles, from HGV drivers to managing directors.

 

Jemma notes; “We should relish diversity. The industry will only be able to attract the right talent and overcome its perception issues by better promoting the scope of opportunities available to women. So come on young women and ladies join the haulage industry!”

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To mark DAF Trucks’ 90th Anniversary, the Dutch brand is looking for the oldest truck still in transport operation. The search focuses on typical DAF vehicles from past decades that continue to run day-to-day.

Operators and drivers are being invited to share their truck on DAF Trucks’ N.V.’s Facebook page.

Initially DAF Trucks focused on the construction of lightweight semi-trailers and commenced truck production in 1949. Ever since, DAF vehicles have earned a reputation for class leading fuel efficiency and driver comfort, as well as outstanding reliability and durability.

Regularly, DAF receives images from operators and drivers around the world, proudly showing trucks that left the production line many decades ago, and are still in daily use. This has triggered DAF Trucks’ interest – what and where is the oldest DAF truck still at work?

DAF Trucks has launched a Facebook campaign to find the answer to this question, with Munster livestock carrier John Tarrent having already shared his classic DAF 2100 from 1984, still working hard today: “She has 34 years of work done, never let us down and she always comes back to base, whether it’s night or day.”

DAF Trucks Ireland, which celebrates a milestone of its own in reaching 45 years in business, is looking for images and stories from its trucks from the early nineties, the eighties, the seventies or even earlier that are still in operation.

Photos or video can be posted on the DAF Truck Facebook page: www.facebook.com/daftrucksnv. At the end of November the oldest in-service DAF truck will be announced.

Photo caption
John Tarrent in front of his DAF 2100 which he purchased back in 1984 and which is still in operation. 

 

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NIBC Business Development Manger, Stuart Taylor, will be attending the laest TruckFest in Edinburgh on 4th & 5th August 2018.

Stuart joined the NIBC team in June, bringing with him first class knowledge of fleet management and over 20 years experience in the telecommunications sector.

Keen to hit the ground running, Stuart will be attending TruckFest to speak with exhibitors, suppliers, and visitors alike.

Highlighting the benefits of working with NIBC, Stuart will be discussing the options of having all your fleet management needs

If you would like to arrange a chat with Stuart please contact him at s.taylor@nibc.co.uk

or call

01674 668093.

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With fuel prices varying greatly across the country and an overall rise in the price per litre it is more important than ever to monitor your fuel consumption and ensure your drivers are driving efficiently as possible.

Research commissioned by shell shows that 50% of fleet managers believe tackling fraud and misuse could cut their fleets costs by 5% or more and with fuel accounting for 10% of total expenditure for fleet operators, it makes sense to be using Fuel Smart from NIBC.

Fuel Smart Pro will give a live view of your vehicles performance and running costs. The technology produces accurate reports per driver and journey covering MPG & true fuel costs. With an individuals driving behaviour having the biggest effect on the output of a vehicle, managing this will produce fuel cost savings.

Producing a range of reports in an easy to use format, the statistics of all your drivers can be viewed per journey with driver league tables and scorecards also being generated.

As an existing NIBC Corcra customer, Kilkenny based global horse transporter George Mullins had the telematics fitted to his fleet of 11 transporters.  Their 15 drivers then underwent driver training in 2017. As a result of the training coupled with Fuel Smart from NIBC George Mullins saved a massive €1800 off his monthly fuel bill.

Conor Patton, NIBC Business Development Manager, explains, “Fuel price is at the forefront of our customers minds whether they run hundreds of HGVs, fleets of vans or simply staff cars. Its price has a direct impact on their profitability.

For our haulage customers, Fuel Smart Pro displays the KPI’s (Excess RPM, Harsh Braking, Cruise Control, Engine Idling etc.) that are directly responsible for a vehicles MPG and performance. Analytics are fantastic, but unless they are delivered to the driver in a meaningful and ‘to the point’ way, behaviour change and progress are unachievable. Our individual driver score cards are easily read and can be ran per journey or over a specific time period, league tables can be customised to target specific areas of improvement saving management time delivering the message to the drivers.

The two latest additions to our range of fleet management solutions provide a suite of reports showing fuel card usage exceptions, accurate MPG’s and fuel reconciliation.  These new products has been developed for van and car fleets as these tend to have less mileage and use less fuel.”

Fuel Smart Lite  uses the vehicles actual location from Track Smart, reconciling fuel card usage and has already proved successful for customers by providing a centralised report for multiple Fuel Cards. By combining data sets from Track Smart, it calculates MPG from GPS mileage and fuel purchased.  As both sets of data have time:date and location, exceptions are shown and have already proven misuse of fuel cards and theft of diesel.

Track Smart Pro uses an accelerometer to measure movement which enables NIBC to report on Harsh Acceleration/Braking/Left Turn/Right turn. This can be combined with idling, over speed and journey data to measure the drivers/vehicles against each other by a user friendly league table.

NIBC now gives our customers with LCV and car fleets a complete package on the same portal as our Fuel, Tacho, Trailer and Camera Smart solutions.  We are now in position to support our customers entire fleet and the feedback and new fleets coming on board is very exciting.

For More information on Fuel Smart, or any of the fleet management offered by NIBC please call 02894 485422.

 

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